ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online-TT
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
This unit is concerned with the nature, development and causes of human variation from an evolutionary perspective, developing many of the integrative themes of Level 2 Human Biology. It encompasses human development, population biology, ecology, cellular biology and genetics. Topics covered include the population biology of human disease, secular trends and the impact of modernisation, population variation and sex differences, social organisation and other life history traits as mediating factors between environment and individual. A series of laboratory/workshop sessions focuses on the study of genetic and phenotypic variations and the use of these techniques in the study of human population biology.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of, and define clearly, questions about human evolutionary biology and ecology, particularly in relation to the processes by which humans adapt to their natural environments; (2) demonstrate familiarity with the basic techniques and tools of biological anthropology; (3) refine skills in independent library research, analytical and synthetic thinking and clear, critical scientific writing; (4) develop skill and confidence in the public exposition of scientific work; and (5) critically assess current scientific publications.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a final theory examination; (2) laboratory question sets; and (3) a tutorial group presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Silvana Gaudieri and Dr Stuart Hodgetts
Unit rules
Advisable prior study:
at least 12 points of Level 2 or 3 Biological Science units
ANHB3311 Biological Anthropology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week (for 12 weeks); labs/workshops: 1.5 hours per week (for 9 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (for max. 6 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.